Thomas said it was “ironic, but not funny” that the government had passed Bill 148, which improves certain labour standards, “just a few days after it had walked all over the Charter rights of more than 12,000 workers.”
“When working people . . . say what they need, they have the power to get it. Bill 148 is a significant step forward for workers’ rights, and I think every union, community group, and individual who helped make it happen should take a bow.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Back to work legislation would have been unnecessary and students would have been back in class faster if the College Employer Council had taken negotiations seriously.
"Currently 16,000 members of my own union who are instructors, librarians and other professional staff in community colleges in the province of Ontario have been on strike for the past 3 weeks on this very issue. Over 60 per cent of the faculty are on short-term contracts, usually 4 months long. They are seeking creation of more permanent positions and equality of wages for contract staff." — Cliff Andstein, NUPGE delegate to PSI World Congress
“Governments have recognized that decent work is essential to reducing inequality, but most have been slow to take the action needed to promote it. The growth of decent work requires action by the labour movement.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"As you can see, the fight for a fair collective agreement is not over and we will be using all the legal means we have to fight Bill 148." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President.
"In hostile environments like these, it's easy to be frustrated and cynical. But we know that when we work together, no challenge is too big. On this Labour Day, as we take time to recover from our struggles and celebrate our gains, we look ahead to see what more can be done to improve our lives, the lives of our neighbours and our entire community." — Larry Brown, President, NUPGE
"I ask all MLAs to hold the Premier accountable and do what he promised to do — send the entire Bill 148 to the court. That would provide the clarity we all deserve.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"Manitoba's public sector unions came to the table with practical ideas to help reduce the deficit, but it's clear that the Pallister government was never serious about consulting with anyone." — Kevin Rebeck, MFL President
"The future will tell if Canada's ratification means anything more than a press release and photo op," added Brown. "We'll need to keep our eye on this ball." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President